Then TWENTY YEARS LATER in 2013 (yikes, the years fly!), as the second birthday of our first grandchildren--identical twin girls--loomed on the horizon, I decided that I needed to finish the project once and for all. But first, I determined that in order to do the book justice I would have to re-do the original pages and make a fresh, clean start (which I blogged about here, if you're interested).
A lot has happened since I first blogged about this ABC Book five years ago: we have twelve grandchildren now, ten more than we did when I wrote that post, with a couple more who are currently in utero. And suddenly, I am on fire to finish it, before all these precious little ones grow up and it's too late for them to enjoy it. (In my defense, though, one big reason that I've had trouble finding time to spend doing artwork is that we now live close to our four married boys and their ever-growing families, after a move south from NH to VA a year ago; so life seems to be busier than ever these days. I mean, we're really, really busy. Really busy, in a very good way. But I digress...)
Okay then, before I show you the new pages, I have to guiltily admit that I re-purposed some previously rendered artwork for them. Even though these pieces weren't done originally for this book, they're mine and I made the executive decision that it was okay to use them. (Especially since it helps to speed progress along nicely when I don't have to come up with all new work!)
I found a way to use this acrylic painting, which was a Christmas gift for my dad in 2000. Because I have some granddaughters who are utterly obsessed with lions, I knew I would need to include one in the L's; and why draw a new one when I already had a perfectly good one on hand--right?
So do you want to see how I employed those almost-forgotten pieces of artwork for the L pages (which I purposely wrote in such a way that they would fit)?
Okay then, here they are.
I love that all I had to create for those two pages was a lemon! How lucky am I? And I never could have done what I did here back in 1993, when there was no such thing as a scanner or color printer that you had in your own house. Back then, I had to go to places like Staples or Mail Boxes Etc. to achieve the kind of effects that I can now make happen right at my own desk in my own home office. I'm thinking perhaps it's a good thing that I waited twenty years from the time I first began (back when my baby was still a baby!) to finally get around to finishing what I started, so that all this modern technology could give me a leg up. Procrastination has its pluses as well as its minuses, I guess!
It's is moving along so well now that I'll be posting the M pages tomorrow.